HC Deb 07 June 1944 vol 400 cc1334-5
21. Mr. Dobbié

asked the Secretary of State for Air if he is aware that great dissatisfaction still exists amongst many of the men enlisted for air crew at the delay in their calling up and, when called up, the delay in continuation and completion of their training; and whether something can be clone to remove existing bottlenecks in this connection.

Sir A. Sinclair

No, Sir. There is no bottle-neck impeding the flow of air crew into the squadrons. The squadrons of the Metropolitan Air Force are all fully manned with air crew. The rate of in-take of volunteers for air crew training depends on operational and other factors which also affect operational and other factors which also affect the length, of training periods. Adjustments are, of course, necessary from time to time, and I would refer my hon. Friend to the detailed reply which I gave to the hon. Member for Shrewsbury (Mr. Arthur Duckworth) on 19th April last and of which I am sending him a copy. I have every sympathy with the desire of air crew volunteers to complete, their training, and I can assure my hon. Friend that there is no avoidable delay at any stage.

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